YoungMinds encourages parents to #Take20 to talk to their children about mental health

The campaign encourages parents to take 20 minutes a week to talk to their children about how they’re feeling and the pressures they face.

Today, the charity YoungMinds is launching a new campaign called #Take20 to help parents talk to their children about their mental health.

The campaign encourages parents to take 20 minutes a week to talk to their children about how they’re feeling and the pressures they face, while doing something that they both enjoy – whether that’s baking or kicking a ball around. Whatever the activity, having regular conversations about difficult topics in a relaxed space can help parents to provide reassurance and support from a young age.

Jo Hardy, Head of Parent Services at YoungMinds, said:

“Every parent wants to know what’s going on in their child’s life and be the first person to hear any news - good or bad. But when it comes to talking about mental health, starting that conversation can be really hard.

“That’s why we’ve launched #Take20, which offers advice, tips and guidance from our Parents Helpline about how to talk to your children about difficult topics, and how to handle it if you suspect that they’re going through a challenging time.

“While many parents do an incredible job supporting their children, it isn’t always easy for children to tell their parents if there are problems at school, on social media or in their relationships with friends.

“By carving out 20 minutes a week to do an activity which allows you to talk about serious subjects, parents can start those conversations early and stay involved with their child if they’re struggling to cope.”

Research by YoungMinds suggests that children and young people face a huge range of pressures, including school stress, bullying, body image issues and pressures of living in the online world. On average, three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem, and many more go through periods when they struggle to cope.

#Take20 has been created with several agencies including Undercurrent, Content OD, Coull and RPM as part of The Drum’s Do It Day marketing challenge. Ideas, advice and resources for talking to children about their mental health from the charity’s Parents Helpline can be found at www.youngminds.org.uk/take20

To launch the campaign, YoungMinds will be hosting a football game during lunch hour in Marylebone Green, Regent's Park and encouraging people working in the area to come along for a friendly game, get some fresh air and talk to experts from the YoungMinds Parents Helpline.

Further information

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact [email protected] or call 0203 861 2072.

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